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KETEKE director Peter Sedufia, Adjetey Anang present FILMMAKING WORKSHOP this May

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Director Peter Sedufia, known for his compelling period piece Keteke (starring Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi among others) has announced via Facebook, his forthcoming workshop dubbed The Director’s Call.

Slated for this May, the programme sees renowned actor Adjetey Annang as co- facilitator. The three-day event looks to ‘bridge the tension and gap between the new director and the star actor, as well as the new actor and the star actor; and also, the new director and the new actor” Other popular actors/actresses including Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, Nana Ama Mcbrown will also be given mentorship roles over the participants.

Read Sedufia’s full announcement below:


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Read our review of Sedufia’s Keteke below: 

He should have known – poor Boi – by the way she watched him as he made his way back to the spot she had stopped, that something worse would follow. Hell hath no fury than pregnant Atswei, who has possibly just missed her final chance at making Akete in time for the baby.

And then, as if she hadn’t seen with her own eyes that they had missed the train, he sighs, “we missed the train”. She remains silent. He pushes his luck further, stretching out a gentle hand to touch her shoulder. “Are you alri…”

“Don’t touch me! Don’t you dare touch me!”, she barks!

“What has come over you?”, he inquires, shaken.

“You have. You have come all over me!”, she retorts in the same heightened tone, before grabbing a suitcase and making for the direction which leads back home.

Boi manages to stop her with a stern voice. Then, she goes into a long rapid rant blaming him for what just happened. The outburst is so overwhelming that it causes him to stutter his next sentences.

“THAT TRAIN WAS FOR US BOI, AND NOW WE MISSED IT”

It is important to separate these words from everything else she says in the first scene of Peter Sedufia’s recent film Ketete, for you can hear the lump in her voice as she speaks them. They’re sober and defeated, and summarise a powerfully sad opening scene.

It is 80s Ghana, and the rail system is the one vehicle from the outskirts. That is why them missing this train is a bad thing. It casts the most vehement shadow on whether or not she would achieve her desire of having her child in Akete.

I think Atswei, and my Aku, present similar temperaments –except Atswei (played by Lydia Forson), is expecting, whereas my Aku is merely thinking about it.

But they’re both insufferable. Like Atswei, my Aku complains constantly (in that rapid piercing voice which I hear even in my sleep), is easily underwhelmed at me, and is mischievous in ways usually unheard of about women.

Because Atswei is expecting, and has just missed a very important train, her behaviour may be excused. It is expected of expecting mothers to have this many expectations, and to cause significant neck and back pain in her partner with everlasting mood swings. I’ll get back to you when I have answers regarding my Aku. Also, I should just go ahead and delete some of the above paragraphs if I look forward to a civil conversation tonight.

Actually, wait! All women, pregnant or not, are insufferable if you really think about it…just in varying degrees and different times.

“You’re evil”, husband Boi (Adjetey Anang) cries during an early scene. He has just been served agonising payback. Minutes ago, when Atswei (sitting two feet away on a rail line) flings a stone at his eye…too painful to be playful, she inquires, smiling: “is it hurting?”. Unbelievable!

Immediately, a great idea drops into his afro. He feigns amnesia, and begins to ask disturbing questions: “who are you?”, “where am I?”. These words are frightening any day, more so in the middle of nowhere, and with nobody else around. He laughs after those ten strange seconds, and she’s both annoyed and relieved.

But as Boi (who is himself a tad insufferable too) finds out swiftly, you should never undermine an angry pregnant woman. Never! An idea, greater than his, drops into her bulging womb. She begins to slap her right thigh. The veins on Boi’s face contort into a bovine expression. She looks like she’s genuinely reeling from the pain which announces labour. Of all the things one could request in a time like this, her appetite leans towards coconut water. Coconut water! Where can he get coconut water in a place like this? He directs that question to her. She doesn’t even seem to hear him, and continues her act. Ten seconds after, she too lets out a hearty laugh, punctuated with the words “draw draw!”. These words can pain! It is then that he blurts out those strong words. Atswei is not perturbed. “Eeeeh. That’s why you married me”, she simply responds, satisfied at the effectiveness of her performance.

It is what happens for most of Keteke. Endless quarrelling between lovers, about each other’s mother-in-law, or the gender of their unborn baby, or whose making the baby was in the first place, or whether to partake of a scrumptious table prepared them by a witch doctor they encounter at a point. Everything.

What therefore, is the language of love, for it is not this! Accusing a partner’s mother of being a witch among other grave invectives is definitely not something you would say to someone you have committed to adore for the rest of your life.

There are only one or two occasions where they speak to each other in the tender dialogue that we expect of lovers –one being when Atswei stares death in the face. Stretched out on the tracks, she lets out strained breaths in a fight for her life.  They clarify their true sentiments, in plain words at last, before she closes her eyes and, kneeling over her, he yells into the skies.

Keteke is a very important film because, it exposes the not too pretty aspects of a relationship. A marriage is never entirely rosy, and no matter how many times we say it, it is important to also display it in art, so prospective partners especially, would know that it’s okay to not smile at each other sometimes –that long fights are a love language too, and that the biggest test of a person’s character could be their soul mate too.

A truly moving period piece, Sedufia manipulates expertly, and with godly audacity, many many emotions in the viewer’s eyes and bosom. He explores primarily, the passé theme of love, but through a perspective that is fresh. Interesting that he has to revert to the 80s to execute this. This is the ultimate test of the wedding day promises: when all is lost, and you only  have a spouse for sanity, and a rail line as compass, will they suffice? Will love survive?

Also dominant in the film are the ideas of sacrifice and tolerance. What lengths shall a man go to prove his affection? Catch a grenade? Jump in front of a bullet? Swim across seven oceans? I’d say, surviving through a pregnant woman’s many erratic moods in the wild is right up there with these gestures.

In many cases, a baby is the crowning moment of a love story. Somehow though, it appears to be bad luck for Boi and Atswei. Indeed, it is the reason for several of their tiffs on the journey.

Keteke (also starring Fred Amugi, Adjetey Anang, Joseph Otsiman, Clement Suarez, Raymond Sarfo, as well as General Ntatia), is one of the most successful motion pictures the year has so far produced. It generated unprecedented activity on social media, and obviously translated unto the day of its release. Images from the March 4 premiere show several scores of patrons lining up to watch it. Producers say over a thousand people showed up for the premiere, and they had to turn many away due to oversubscription.

It has proven to be a remarkable filmmaking debut by Sedufia, and automatically takes him to the first rank of emerging directors from these parts. He has grasped an unpretentious way of telling our stories. That is extraordinary, and welcome.

One can only have good expectations for the film, considering the quality which went into its making: a straightforward story which also delicately reveals many astounding complexities.

In the end (and on a very serious note), know this: your woman is always right! It’s just the way these things work: Nana Addo is president, Jollof cures terminal cancer, and your woman is right, every time. She may be insufferable, and cynical, and mildly sadistic, but she’s right, eventually –ask Boi about the witchdoctor who offered them a lavish feast and kept calling Atswei “my lady”.

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AGOO MAGAZINE! Yvonne Nelson talks motherhood, critics & co-parenting in April edition…OUT NOW!

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“People have been saying all sorts about why I’m having a baby whilst I’m not married. This is an answered prayer for me, they have no idea. Maybe one day they’ll get to hear my story.” – Yvonne Nelson

Famed Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson, covers the April edition of Agoo Magazine. In the issue (out today),the celebrity  discusses being a mother, her critics, co-parenting among other topical issues.

A multiple-award-winner, Nelson has starred in over a hundred movies including  ‘Princess Tyra,’ ‘Single and Married,’ ‘One Night in Vegas,’ ‘Heart of Men,’ and ‘The Game’. She is girlfriend of Jamie Roberts, a London-based Fashion Photographer originally from Wales.

Credits:

Cover Credit: Yvonne Nelson and Baby Ryn

Photography: Phloshop

Make-Up: Lawrencia Owusu

Hair: Hair Village

Stylists: Kelvincent

Designers: Lakopué & Yartel

Art Director: Coffee_Session.Art

Accessories: Velma’s Accessories

Location: The Palms @ Prampram

Copies of the April 2018 Issue of Agoo Magazine can be secured from the following outlets: Koala (Osu, Airport & Cantonments), Selected Shell and Total shops, The Mall Pharmacy, Westlands Foods, Sonnidom Achimota, Medi Mart, First Choice, Evergreen (Tema), Kenzos in Cantonments.

 

 

 

 

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All set for Wanlov & M3nsa’s “FOKN Night” this Saturday!

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Music duo, FOKN Bois (consisting rappers Wanlov Da Kubovlor and M3nsa) will treat their fans to video screenings, and a number of their unreleased works, come Saturday, April 14 at the One Corner Garden – Kokomlemle.

Dubbed “A FOKN Night with FOKN Bois’, the evening will also see the “Gospel Porn” group engage patrons in rich conversation regarding their style and musical journey over the years.

Credited with making the world’s 1st & 2nd-1st Pidgen Musicals “Coz Ov Moni” 1&2, their also authors of the “1st & 2nd Gospel Porn albums” “Fokn Wit Ewe” & “Fokn Ode to Ghana”.

The pain is famed in the country due to their unconventional approach, which takes the form of  “ingeniously tasteful shock lyrics, revolutionary performance art & indulgent progressive sounds”.

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Voting Opens for 7th Annual Ghana’s Most Influential Awards [+ full list of nominees]

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Voting for the much-anticipated Ghana’s Most influential (GMI) Awards has been opened, organizers have said.

Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) Awards is a unique initiative powered by e.TV Ghana. Over the years, the GMI list has consisted of people from both formal and informal sectors, ranging from entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, sports personalities, religious leaders and several others.

According to organizers, the voting process comes after the general public nominated numerous individuals in Ghana to be part of this great initiative. This period will allow the general public to vote for individuals -whose names had earlier been submitted- who they think influenced them positively in 2017.

Speaking on the GMI voting process, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Alliance Group, Mr. Ernest Boateng urged the general public to get involved and vote for individuals who are performing excellently in their fields and positively impacting society from all parts of the country.

“The anticipation for this years’ GMI is extremely high and it means that the voting process is going to be very competitive. Voting for the 7th Edition of Ghana’s Most Influential of the starts on April 10 and ends on May 10, 2018,” Mr. Boateng stated.

To vote for your most influential personality, text ‘GMI’ and name of that influential Personality who appeared on the nomination list to the short code 1446 on MTN, AirtelTigo and Vodafone. Visit www.etvghana.com for more information.

 

Below is full nomination list:

Abedi  Ayew Pele

Abrantie Amakye Dede

Ace Ankomah

Agya Koo

Akwasi Appiah

Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu

Ameyaw Debrah

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anita Erskine

Apostle Dr. Ing Kwadwo Safo

Archbishop Duncan Williams

Asamoah Clement

Asamoah Gyan

Awulae Attibrukusu  III

Azumah Nelson

Ben Nunoo Mensah

Bernard koku Avle

Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle

Bishop Dag Heward Mills

Bishop Emmanuel Asante

Bishop Gideon Yoofi Titi Ofei

Boakye Agyarko

Catherine Afeku

Charles Kwadwo Fosu (Daddy Lumba)

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr (Shatta Wale)

Courage Christine Tetteh

Dag Heward Mills

Dan Botwe

Daniel Koranteng

Daniel Mckorley(Macdan)

Dcop Kofi Boakye

Deloris Frimpong Manso

Derrick Kobina Bonnet( DKB)

Dr. Edward Mahama

Dr. Ekwow Spio –Gabrah

Dr. Else Effah Kauffman

Dr. Kwesi Aning

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Dr. Mathew opoku Prempeh

Dr. Nobel Prince-Joseph Ayiku

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom

Ebo Whyte

Edward Boateng

Edward Effah

Edward Kwaku Asare Yeboah(Ekay)

Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuje

Egbert Faibille

Emmanuel Adu Sarkodee

Emmanuel Ekow Effirim

Francis Asenso Boakye

Freddie Blay

Frema Opare

Gayheart Mensah

Gifty Anti

Godfried Boateng

Haruna Idrrisu

Jerry John Rawlings

Joe Adda

Joe Anokye

Joe Mettle

John Agyekum Kufour

John Dramani Mahama

John Jinapor

John Peter Amewu

Joselyn Dumas

Julius Karl D. Fieve

Ken Ofori Atta

Kenneth Ashigbey

Kidi

King Promise

Kofi Annan

Kofi Nti

Kojo Addae Mensah

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Kuame Eugene

Kwadwo Nkansah lil win

Kwaku Sakyi Addo

Kwame A Plus

Kwame Sefa Kayi

Kwasi Twum

Kweku Baako

Kweku Sintim Misa

Kwesi Nyantakyi

Kwesi Pratt

Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu

Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebowy)

Lord Commey

Lordina Mahama

Lydia Forson

Manasseh Azure

Martin Amidu

Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie )

Mike Nyinaku

Mustapha Hamid

Mustapha Inusah

MzVee

Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo

Nana Ama Mcbrown

Nana Appiah Mensah

Nana Kobina Nketsia V

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

Nana Prof. John S Nabila

Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante

Nathaniel Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray)

Nicholas Bortey

Obrafour

Okudjeto Ablakwa

Okyeame Kwame

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panyin

Osei Kofi Acquah

Osei Kwame Despite

Otumfour Osei Tutu II

Pastor Mensa Otabil

Pat Thomas

Patricia Poku-Diaby

Patrick Awuah

Patrick Collins Frimpong

Patrick osei agyeman songo

PAUL ASARE ANSAH

Peter Mac Manu

Prince Kyei Baffour

Prince Sena Toffi Switzboiz

Prof Francis Dodoo

Prof. Bediako kwame Daniel

Prof. Josuah Alabi

Prophet Gideon Danso

Rebecca Akufo Addo

Rev Joyce Aryee

Rev Owusu Ansah

Rev. Eastwood Anaba

Rev. Father Cambell

Rev. Nana  Yaw  sarfoh

Reverend Steve Atta Kofi Mensah

Richard Yinkah

Sam Ato Gaisie

Samira Bawumia

Sammi Awuku

Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu

Slyvester Mensah

Togbe Afede XIV

Tony Oteng Gyasi

Ursula Owusu

Yvonne Nelson

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES! GUBA Awards 2018

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This year’s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards is slated for Saturday 14th July 2018, at InterContinental Hotel in London. Ahead of the highly sought-after event, nominations have been open across 11 categories.

Inaugurated in Porchester Hall in October 2010,  the scheme, which has seen such prestigious persons as actor Idris Elba, Fuse ODG, veteran boxer Azumah Nelson, as well as EIB boss Bola Ray all awarded for their contribution across various spectrums.

The categories include Made in Ghana Award, Efie Ne Fie Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Leisure & Tourism Award, Sustainable Agriculture Award, Humanitarian Award, Ghanaian Association of the Year Award, Charity of the Year Award, Rising Star Award, Professional of the Year Award, and Student Achiever of the Year Award.

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE, submitted the following regarding the importance of the nomination process:

“The call for nominations is a crucial part of the GUBA Awards. The process allows for the public to have their say and bring forth a wide array of talented and deserving individuals. I urge everyone to participate in this process, to bring to light the talents that go unrecognised.”

This year, nominations can be filed via http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/nominations/ between March 20 to April 10, 2018.

 

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Juliet Asante Appointed NAFTI Board Member

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Famed Ghanaian filmmaker and CEO of the Black Star International Film Festival, Juliet Asante, has been sworn in alongside 9 others, as Board Member of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) on March 14.

She was sworn in by Education Minister and Manhyia South MP, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who reiterated the government’s  desire to ” empower the future generations to achieve great heights in the quest for academic achievement and excellence in order to facilitate the transformation of Ghana through the creative and media arts industries.”

The minister also  tasked the board to reinstate the past glory of NAFTI as the best film institute in Africa. other members who constitute the board include Dr. Samuel Anyetei (Rector of NAFTI), Mr. John Yaw Adjei Appiah (Representative of the Ministry of Information), Mr. Ernest Boateng (Representative for Ministry of Education), Mr. Daniel Owusu-Nyampong (representative of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation), Mr. Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye (Ghana Film Industry), Professor Kofi Agyekum (School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana), Mr. George Oppong (Centre for National Culture), and Mr. Ivan Quashigah (Association of Cinematographic Film Exhibitors and Directors). The nomination of the representative of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is still pending.

Alumnus of both University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast, Juliet Asante holds a Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy,  from the Harvard Kennedy University. She also used to run Eagle Drama and has had stints lecturing at the Accra Polytechnic, and last fall,  at Webster University, Ghana as Mass Communication.

Image Credit: Facebook / Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

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Sidechic Gang! Peter Sedufia premieres 2nd feature film – SEE IMAGES

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Peter Sedufia’s second feature film, Sidechic Gang, was premiered to hundreds at the West Hills Mall in Weija.

Graced by the cast of the comedy, it was a great opportunity for fans to interact with their favourite stars. The film has already received rave reviews for its impressive creative style and overall quality.

Another showing is expected at the Silverbird Cinemas in the Accra Mall tomorrow March 6, at 7pm and 9pm.

The piece is produced by OldFilm Production, which also published award-winning  period piece “Keteke” last year. It stars Nana Ama McBrown, Lydia Forson, Sika Osei, Adjetey Anang, Bernard Nyarko, Eddie Kufour, Akorfa Edjeane among others.

Here are pictures from the premiere:

Synopsis:

“Three female friends find out they can make fortunes from exposing cheating husbands and boyfriends after making tons of cash unexpectedly from reporting a cheating husband to the wife.

They quit their ushering job to set up “Sidechic Gang” – an agency solely dedicated to clamping down the side chick menace. Their services are available to only women.

After few exposè, their Sidechic Gang becomes popular, attracting traffic from victims of side chicks. This translates into more cash for them. The men in the town are unhappy with the sudden popularity of the gang.

The Sidechic Gang’s biggest deal is yet to hit them. It comes from a filthy rich man who suspects his fiancée is cheating on him. He is aware the gang does not serve men, but, he is willing to pay anything it costs to justify his suspicion. The gang takes on the task. They know what this means for their bank account. Their greatest opposition, however,  is the many aggrieved men who benefit from the services of side chicks, and would do anything to ensure they fail.

Will the Sidechic Gang succeed in their quest or, the aggrieved men will?”

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